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Right to Food Coalition Conference 2014 – New webpage

Posted on 24. Apr, 2014 by .

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The Sydney Food Fairness Alliance is proud to be supporting the Right to Food Coalition’s inaugural food security conference called Putting Food on the Table: Food Security is Everyone’s Business. View the ‘Right to Food Coalition Conference 2014′ webpage on the above tab for regular updates!

The Right to Food Coalition comprises representatives from a range of Sydney based organisations working to raise the profile of food insecurity. We believe everyone has the right to access fresh, nutritious, affordable and culturally appropriate food. Putting Food on the Table is our first collaboration and aims to stimulate discussion and action on this important issue.

SAVE THE DATE! HELP US PUT HUNGER ON THE AGENDA!

About 5% – or over a million – Australians regularly can’t put adequate food on the table to feed their families. The numbers are even higher in some areas and amongst particular populations.  This hidden hunger may not be visible, but can have serious short and long term effects on health, education, employment and productivity.

We’ll be tackling this challenge at an important conference on food security, Putting Food on The Table.

Held from the 13 & 14 October 2014 at Casula Powerhouse, this two day event will bring together policy makers, academics, community development workers, and health promoters, exploring solutions at a range of levels:

Governance solutions: policy, planning and stakeholder collaboration

Population solutions: focused on target groups, such as refugees, Aboriginals and other marginalized communities

Community solutions: social enterprises, emergency food relief, action on food waste, community food access projects

Communications solutions: education, research, food literacy, outreach, labeling

More information about the Putting Food on the Table conference can be found at the Right to Food Coalition Conference website. Details about the website will be coming soon. Watch this space!

Please forward enquiries about the conference to info@righttofood.org.au

We hope to see you there!

 

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Massive protests in NSW against gas and mining exploration

Posted on 03. Apr, 2014 by .

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Early on Monday 31 March 2014 morning, 2000 protectors  joined together at the Bentley Blockade just south of Lismore. This is unprecedented– and a massive difference to the first Lock the Gate blockade in March 2011 near Tara in Queensland when a small group of 25 people slept in tents!

The protestors want to stop gas miner Metgasco drilling on farmland and had news that 100 police from the riot squad were booked into Lismore motels to help the miner get started.  Although Metgasco called off work for today, the protestors will back tomorrow.

There was also another massive action on Monday 31 March 2014 up in the Leard Forest, near Narrabri on the Liverpool plains, with 82 people arrested for delaying Whitehaven’s forest clearing in preparation for the new Maules Creek coal mine. In addition to the three protestors who had locked on to equipment, the police also arrested all the other protestors for trespass (a statutory offence.)

This morning Lock the Gate also launched its new report  Railroaded on the impact of the proposed railway line from the Galilee Basin to Abbott Point in QLD. Radio National did do a story on this report but it was only late today that one mainstream newspaper finally reported on the strong community action and presence at Leard Blockade and Bentley Blockade.  However, social media went off with tweets and photos direct from the blockade site and this incredible live radio interview a Newcastle mother during the police arrests at Leard Blockade.

 

UPCOMING LOCK THE GATE FILM SCREENINGS IN SYDNEY

 

LANE COVE – LOCK THE GATE FILM SCREENING

FRACTURED COUNTRY: AN CONVENTIONAL INVASION

Monday 7 April, 6:30 PM 

With special guest speaker Liverpool Plains Farmer Rick Laird

Lane Cove Living and Learning Centre

18 Longueville Road, Lane Cove

Organised by Lane Cove Bushland and Conservation Society

Link to Facebook event

 

MANLY – MAULES CREEK INFO NIGHT

Tuesday 8 April, 7:00 PM 

With special guest speaker Liverpool Plains Farmer Rick Laird

Manly Library Meeting Room

1 Market Place, Sydney

Organised by Manly Environment Centre, 350.org and Lock the Gate

Link to Facebook event

 

SUTHERLAND – LOCK THE GATE FILM SCREENING

FRACTURED COUNTRY: AN CONVENTIONAL INVASION

and UNDERMINING AUSTRALIA: COAL vs COMMUNITIES

Wednesday 9 April, 6:30 PM 

With special guest speaker Liverpool Plains Farmer Rick Laird

Sutherland Multi Purpose Centre

123 Flora Street, Sutherland

Organised by Stop CSG Sutherland and Sutherland Shire Environment Centre

Link to Facebook event


GASFIELD FREE HAWKESBURY

Sydney Food Fairness Alliance

The Hawkesbury area is one of the prime growing regions for fresh perishable vegetables for the Sydney market. Come and discuss a gasfield free community strategy to protect this.

Monday 14 April, 5:00 – 6.30pm 

Bennelong Room,  Level 4, Red Cross House, behind Sydney Town Hall, Sydney 2000

Entry: Go to LH entry of the two Red Cross sections of St Andrews House. Take a lift to the 4th floor – Bennelong room is just around to the right.

If you are after 5pm, the lifts won’t work and you need to ring Lisa on 0418 117 264 to get in.

 

SUTHERLAND – TRANS-PACIFIC PARTNERSHIP INFO NIGHT

FAIR DEAL or NO DEAL                                                                                  

Tuesday 29 April, 6:30 PM 

Sutherland Multi Purpose Centre

123 Flora Street, Sutherland

Organised by Stop CSG Sutherland and Sutherland Shire Environment Centre

Link to Facebook event

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Keeping Hawkesbury Region Gasfield-Free

Posted on 28. Mar, 2014 by .

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SFFA will host an open evening for all interested to hear about and contribute to plans to keep the Hawkesbury region gasfield-free. The Hawkesbury area is one of the prime growing regions for fresh perishable vegetables for the Sydney market.

Isabel McIntosh, who has been campaigning with the Lock the Gate Alliance, will talk about how communities have built resistance across NSW and will  assist with discussion on  how we can take action and who we would need to work with.

ALL WELCOME.

Light refreshments provided

Date: Monday 14 April

Time: 5 – 6.30pm 

Venue: Bennelong Room, Level 4, Red Cross House, behind Town Hall

Entry: Go to the LH entry of the two Red Cross sections of St Andrews House. Take a lift to the 4th floor and go to Reception. Bennelong room is just around to the right.

If you are after 5pm, the lifts won’t work and you need to ring Lisa on 0418 117 264  to get in. Sorry no entries after 6pm

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Putting food on the table is everyone’s business

Posted on 10. Mar, 2014 by .

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The SFFA is pleased to announce that the dates of the 2014 food security conference have been confirmed. So, write it down in your diary: 13 and 14 October 2014.

At this stage, we cannot confirm the names of the key note speakers but will make them public as soon as engagements are firmed up.

It will be a big event with talks, tours, group discussions, and much more.

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2013 – Annual General Meeting

Posted on 22. Nov, 2013 by .

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Time has come again to meet and report on the latest campaigns, issues, as well as to discuss with you our plans for the future. Following the AGM, we will present the new film from the ‘Lock the Gate’ campaign. Light refreshment and finger food will be on offer!

So, join us for the SFFA’s  AGM that will be held on the 4th of December, 2013

Where: at Sydney Mechanics’ School of Arts, Level 1, 280 Pitt Street, Sydney.

The time: at 5pm

The agenda:

  • Confirmation of previous AGM
  • Presentation of Annual Report
  • Presentation of Financial Report
  • Election of Officers
  • Other business

 

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FAO World Food Day 2013 – October 16

Posted on 25. Sep, 2013 by .

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Celebrating Sustainable Food Systems for Food Security and Nutrition

The Macarthur Future Food Forum would like to invite you to join them in celebrating the achievements of their program and discussing the future of food security, quality and sustainability in the Macarthur region, moving towards the recognition that “healthy food is a human right”.

On the day, come and hear from Rosemary Stanton, Costa Georgiadis and Ronni Kahn on the importance of local sustainable production for food security and nutrition.

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Videos from our recent event ‘Food Matters’

Posted on 15. Sep, 2013 by .

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The recent SFFA event ‘Food Matters’ was a success!

The event offering a platform for local government and other agencies to discuss roles, initiatives, barriers in the world of food was recorded and you can view key note and lightning talk speakers on the SFFA YouTube Channel.  And here are some of the speeches delivered on the day.

Danny Wiggins as one of the event key note speakers

Louisa Matwiejczyk from Flinders University talking about healthy eating

Kerry Bartlet, CEO WSROC

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